Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gay Marriage Lawsuit Filed in Nevada

In Nevada the marriage capital of the country & probably the world, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund have filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of 8 gay & lesbian couples seeking marriage equality. The case Sevcik v. Sandoval asserts that Nevada’s decision to withhold the designation of marriage from gay & lesbian couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This lawsuit comes 2 months after the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the historic August 2010 decision of the Federal District Court that found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit concluded that Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause because it “serves no purpose … other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays & lesbians in California.” “This case, like our challenge to Proposition 8, is about two things: marriage and equality,” said AFER attorney Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. “Our Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to marry & the right to be treated with equal dignity & respect under the law. The Perry case & the new case in Nevada are important steps in securing this fundamental freedom. We look forward to supporting the Plaintiffs in the Sevcik case in every way possible.” Updates to Come...:)
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